The Lover’s Chant

 

SATB a cappella
Duration: 2 min
Text: James Joyce
Cypress Choral Music

Video: ihana youth choir (Lisa Ward) 2017: The Lover’s Chant VIDEO



Winner of the Diane Loomer Award for Choral Writing. Premiered by the National Youth Choir of Canada.

“They say cream rises to the top and Matthew won the ACCC Diane Loomer award with this choral gem – a beautiful setting of the James Joyce poem.

Dr. Julia Davids added this piece to her Canadian Chamber Choir Series.  Directors and singers will appreciate the intuitive voice leading, long phrases and meaningful text.” from Cypress Choral Music.

The Lover’s Chant is included on the Halifax Camerata Singers new album ‘ A Time for All Things’


When the shy star goes forth in heaven
All maidenly, disconsolate,
Hear you amid the drowsy even
One who is singing by your gate.
His song is softer than the dew
And he is come to visit you.

O bend no more in revery
When he at eventide is calling.
Nor muse: Who may this singer be
Whose song about my heart is falling?
Know you by this, the lover’s chant,
‘Tis I that am your visitant.


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Score

JW Pepper

Themes: love, chant, nature, star, space, longing, life, nature

About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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